CLEVELAND, Ohio – Changes to zoning and land use regulations that could lead to revitalization of the historic Hough Bakeries headquarters in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood cleared a City Council panel on Tuesday.
The changes, which still require approval from the full City Council and the mayor’s signature, are part of an effort to rejuvenate an area north of Wade Park Avenue and east of the city’s border with East Cleveland.
The area, known as Circle North, is part of a target area for Mayor Frank Jackson’s neighborhood revitalization initiative that seeks to boost growth and development in areas historically left behind.
The changes approved Tuesday by the council’s Development, Planning and Sustainability Committee seek to maintain the traditional housing look of the area while promoting construction on empty lots. The housing in this part of Glenville is mostly two-family and multifamily dwellings.
But the focal point is the old Hough Bakeries site on Lakeview Road northwest of Superior Avenue, which the city hopes can be redeveloped into light neighborhood retail and dining uses to enhance the character of the neighborhood.
Hough Bakeries was founded in the early 20th century on Hough Avenue by Lionel A. Pile, according to Cleveland Historical. Over time, Pile and his sons expanded the business, known then as Hough Home Bakery, establishing branches in the suburbs.
The company moved its headquarters to Lakeview Road in 1941 and changed its name to Hough Bakery Co. It became Hough Bakeries in 1952, according to Case Western Reserve University’s Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.
The company abruptly closed Aug. 8, 1992, leaving about 400 employees without jobs.
The building has sat empty for years, said Shannan Leonard, a Cleveland city planner.
“It is in disrepair. It’s been abandoned for quite some time,” Leonard said. “Development of this site will be key, not only to this part of Cleveland, but also to our East Cleveland neighbors.”
Jackson’s redevelopment initiative, launched in 2017, targets several corridors on the East Side and West Side of Cleveland for redevelopment. The $65-million initiative, which includes $40 million committed by several of Cleveland’s largest banks, seeks to build businesses and wealth in areas where traditional development has not occurred.
A $15-million project with commercial space at ground level and residences in upper floors at East 105th Street at Ashbury Avenue was one of the first projects in the initiative.
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